Hotstrings is a free Automatic Text Replacement Tool for Windows

Hotstrings is a free Automatic Text Replacement Tool for Windows

Hotstrings is a free and open-source automatic text replacement tool that allows you to define text replacement definitions. For example, entering "btw/" can automatically replace it with "by the way". Hotstrings can support longer replacement text and a single triggerstring can trigger up to 7 versions of text replacements.


  • text replacement: abbreviations (aka triggerstrings) are replaced with expansions (aka hotstrings);
  • definitions (triggerstring, hotstring) are stored for future reference within .csv files called libraries;
  • libraries can be dynamically enabled / disabled;
  • thanks to .csv files you can group your favorite definition libraries, e.g. emojis, physical symbols, first and second names etc.;
  • import of existing collections of (triggerstring, hotstring) definitions from within .ahk files; example: famous AutoCorrect.ahk with over 4 800 definitions can be easily imported.;
  • export of libraries (.csv) files to .ahk files;
  • one triggerstring can be used to trigger multiple hotstrings displayed in form of shorthand list (aka. tooltip);
  • entering of actual hotstring into edited text is configurable with plenty of available options
  • GUI (Graphical User Interface) for easy definition and/or edition of hotstrings;
  • all events configurable via GUI including sound emitting;
  • syntax of definitions is compatible with AutoHotkey options (B0, C, ? etc.);
  • new hotstring definitions can be pasted into application directly from clipboard;
  • undoing of last hotstring with user defined shortcut (Ctrl + F12 by default);
  • written entirely in AutoHotkey script language, single file, great for learning; can be installed and run as standalone application thanks to .exe file


GNU General Public License version 3.0 (GPLv3)

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Download Hotstrings for free. automatic text replacement tool. Microsoft Windows only. Example: you can define text replacement definition which after entering btw/ will automatically replace this string into by the way.

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